Have you or your child been told that you are overweight or obese? You are not alone! In the US more than 9 million children between the ages of 6 and 19 are overweight. Obesity and overweight are not words that should be used to make you feel badly. These terms are defined by calculations of your Body Mass Index (BMI). Obesity is defined by a BMI at/above the 95th percentile and overweight is defined by a BMI at/above the 85th percentile but below the 95thpercentile. For more information on how to calculate BMI and where these numbers come from, see the CDC website on defining childhood obesity.
This information is organized to help you and your family to make positive changes toward improved health. Please let us know if there are additional ways that we might assist you in your efforts!
Some basic steps that every family can take to be healthier:
Additional tips for success:
Don’t get frustrated or overwhelmed! Pick one or two of the suggestions above and work on them to achieve success then branch out. Good Luck and Good Health!